Lewes, Delaware

Lewes, DelawareThe town of Lewes got its start back in 1631 when a little more than two-dozen men from Holland sailed to the New World to establish a whale-oil colony along the western shores of the Delaware Bay. As the fort of Swanendael, or Valley of the Swans, was centralized, a misunderstanding between the colonists and the native people led to the fort's destruction and the colonists' massacre. Given the initial colonization of Swanendael, this allows Lewes to lay claim to being "the First Town in the First State."

By 1682, William Penn was granted the three lower counties that now make up Delaware as part of his Pennsylvania territory. Penn decided to name the southernmost county for Sussex, England, his home province, and renamed Deale as Lewes after the port city in Sussex, England.

The town thrived as people arrived and merchants set up shop over the years. Churches and a courthouse were built as the town grew and became a busy port where ships would restock supplies. Lewes also served as the seat of Sussex County until 1791 when the government was relocated to Georgetown, a more central location.

By the 1960s, the menhaden business bottomed out. The fish that had produced an industry disappeared and the companies that relied on it had moved on. The loss of that industry, as well as a clam factory, marked a monumental change for Lewes.

Lewes, DelawareFrom 1990 to 2000, nearly 700 additional full-time residents settled in to make Lewes their new home. The population, according to the 2000 census, came in at a little more than 2,900 people.

With nearly four centuries of history, Lewes has been transformed from a community of whalers and fishermen to one that is equally dependent on the sea, but in a much different way. Tourism has helped fuel a 20-year growth spurt in Lewes. Picturesque beach homes have replaced quaint cottages amid the sand dunes, and hardware stores and mom-and-pop stores have made way for bistros and boutiques. The new wave of residents has come seeking a slower paced lifestyle, lower taxes, and the lack of urban crime.

Lewes also remains an east coast port of call and is home to a large fleet of charter fishing boats. It is likewise the base of the Delaware Bay and River Pilots Association, whose members guide cargo vessels to and from the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia. Lewes is also the site of the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies and is the southern terminal for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.

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Lewes Weather

June 18 @ 6:55pm
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clear sky
Hi: 88° | Lo: 75°
Wind: SSW @ 7mph
June 18 @ 11:00pm
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scattered clouds
Hi: 76° | Lo: 73°
Wind: SSW @ 15mph
June 19 @ 2:00am
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clear sky
Hi: 76° | Lo: 74°
Wind: SSW @ 14mph
June 19 @ 5:00am
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few clouds
Hi: 77° | Lo: 75°
Wind: WSW @ 14mph
June 19 @ 8:00am
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few clouds
Hi: 78° | Lo: 78°
Wind: W @ 13mph
June 19 @ 11:00am
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few clouds
Hi: 82° | Lo: 82°
Wind: W @ 11mph

Lewes Events

May 18 - August 27


Played much like that TV Game Show Family Feud (R) – This game show is perfect for everyone, requires no memorization or Master’s Degree, and there are NO WRONG ANSWERS. It’s almost the anti-trivia for folks who don’t like to think that hard. Join us, every Monday from 7pm-9pm (registration starts at 6:30 pm), for a fun time with food and drink specials.

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June 5 - July 5


The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs presents a tour that explores the 18th-century history, artifacts and surviving hull section of His Majesty’s Sloop DeBraak, a British warship that was escorting and protecting a convoy of merchant ships en route to the United States when it was capsized and lost off the Delaware coast on May 25, 1798. Tours take place both on Thursday mornings and on selected Saturday evenings. Thursday tours will take place at 9 a.m. on the following dates: June 14, 21 and 28; July 5, 12, 19 and 26; Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Saturday tours will take place at 5 p.m. on June 30, July 28 and Aug. 25. Tours begin at the Zwaanendael Museum, located at 102 Kings Highway in Lewes, Del., where a lecture on the ship will be presented in conjunction with the exhibit “A Seaborne Citizenry: The DeBraak and Its Atlantic World.” Participants will learn about the history, crew, and sinking of the DeBraak through a guided presentation and display of actual artifacts. Attendees will then be transported, via van, to the DeBraak conservation facility for interpretation and viewing of the ship’s surviving hull section. Each tour lasts approximately two hours. Tickets are available at the Zwaanendael Museum. Admission is $10 per person (cash or check only). For reservations, e-mail hca_zmevents@state.de.us or call 302-645-1148. Tours are restricted to individuals age 10 and up with space limited to 12 participants per tour. Walk-ups are welcome but space is not guaranteed. Special tours, for groups of 10 to 15, may be arranged in advance by contacting the museum. Significance of DeBraak … During the late-18th and early-19th centuries, sloops of war such as DeBraak played an increasingly important role in Royal Navy campaigns. These relatively small vessels combined speed, agility, shallow draft and increased firepower, all of which made them formidable naval vessels. As the only Royal Navy sloop of war from this time period that has been recovered anywhere in the world, DeBraak serves as an invaluable historical resource for a time when Great Britain was the world’s preeminent naval power. The surviving section of the DeBraak’s hull and its associated artifact collection have been curated by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs since they were acquired by the State of Delaware in 1992. Approximately one-third of the hull survives including the keel, keelson and lower framing elements, including a large section of the starboard (right) side.

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June 19, 7:00pm - 8:30pm


The City of Lewes is excited to present twelve great bands for the summer concert series in Stango Park for 2018. Every Tuesday evening from June 12 to August 28, there will be a free concert starting at 7:00 p.m. on the open air stage in Stango Park next to the Lewes library.

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June 20, 8:00am - 11:00am


Historic Lewes Farmers Market at Crooked Hammock Wednesdays through August 29, 2018 8am-11am Crooked Hammock Way and Kings Highway, Lewes, DE (Across from Crooked Hammock Brewery)

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June 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Free Zumba class in the park.

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Lewes Restaurants

Bob Evans Farms RestaurantLewes, DE302-645-0871
Cafe AzafranLewes, DE302-644-4446
China GardenLewes, DE302-645-6445
Fish On!Lewes, DE302-645-9790
Fisherman's WharfLewes, DE302-645-8862
Gilligan's Waterfront RestaurantLewes, DE302-644-0723
Hing Wang Chinese RestaurantLewes, DE302-645-0889
Irish EyesLewes, DE302-645-6888
JD ShuckersLewes, DE302-945-8850
Lemon Tree RestaurantLewes, DE302-645-0481
Mr. P Pizza & PastaLewes, DE302-645-1900
Pelican GrilleLewes, DE302-945-6620
Striper BitesLewes, DE302-645-4657
Surf Bagel & DeliLewes, DE302-644-1822
The ButteryLewes, DE302-645-7755
The WharfLewes, De302-645-6271
Tijuana TaxiLewes, DE302-644-8294
Tokyo SteakhouseLewes, DE302-645-9728

Lewes Shopping

Albert Frank's Fine JewelryLewes, DE302-645-1718
Aquamarine on MarketLewes, DE302-644-4550
Auntie M's EmporiumLewes, DE302-644-1804
Back Bay Art Glass, LLCLewes, DE302-645-1825
Blooming BoutiqueLewes, DE302-644-2463
Cape Henlopen WickerLewes, DE302-644-2000
Chatelaine's JewelryLewes, DE302-645-1511
Creative ConceptsLewes, DE302-645-6200
Habersham Peddler InteriorsLewes, DE302-645-8383
Heritage Antique MarketLewes, DE302-645-2309
Josephine Keir Ltd- Antiques, Fine Arts & RugsLewes, DE302-645-9047
Journey'sLewes, DE302-645-1475
Kids' KetchLewes, DE302-645-8448
Lewes GourmetLewes, DE302-645-1661
Lewes Mercantile Antique GalleryLewes, DE302-645-7900
Mare's Bears Quilt ShopLewes, DE302-644-0556
Mugs & StitchesLewes, DE302-360-3600
P.U.P.S. of LewesLewes, DE302-645-9010
PiccolinoLewes, DE302-644-7611
PuzzlesLewes, DE302-645-8013
The Beach JettyLewes, DE302-645-4606
The Furniture GalleryLewes, DE302-645-7043
The Soap FairyLewes, DE302-645-4596
The Stepping StoneLewes, DE302-645-1254
Trader's Jewelry & GiftsLewes, DE302-645-6536
Twila Farrell / The FigureheadLewes, DE302-645-7007
Two Friends, Ltd.Lewes, DE302-644-0477
Very EuropeanLewes, DE302-644-7778

Lewes Lodging

Beacon MotelLewes, DE302-645-4888
Blue Water HouseLewes, DE302-645-7832
Cape Henlopen MotelLewes, DE302-645-2828
Hotel BlueLewes, DE302-645-4880
Hotel RodneyLewes, DE302-645-6466
Inn at Canal SquareLewes, DE302-644-3377
King's InnLewes, DE302-645-6438
Lazy L at Willow CreekLewes, DE302-644-7220
Red Mill InnLewes, DE302-645-9736
Sleep Inn & SuitesLewes, DE302-644-8796
Sleep Inn & SuitesLewes, DE302-645-6464
Vesuvio MotelLewes, DE302-645-2224
Virden House Bed & BreakfastLewes, DE302-644-4402

Lewes Real Estate

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